Ok, so some of my recent tough situations may be due to having bad SPR.
General question: How much do you use SPR? And does anyone use it to determine how much to buy-in for?
Recreational player. Play 1-2x week in the winter, say 3-4 hours/session. Play less in the summer. Played 100 hours last year.
The 2 most commonly spread games at Parx are 1-2 (60 min, 300 max), and 2-5 (200 min, 500 max).
I have been playing more 2-5 lately if I feel the game is good (definition: 5+ tables of 2-5 going on). I use to buy in for 500, I've been buying in for 1000 lately. Up till this weekend I've felt better about 1K than 500 because I feel it gives me more room to play more hands; but it does make getting a good SPR on say AK tough, given the standard raise to say 20-25, you can get a lot of SPRs around 13 on the flop which is bad.
So just trying to get a feel for how people approach their buyin amount for a given game. I was reading on two plus two, limon's comment that he brought in for as much as the worst player and no more, and if he didn't know anyone, he bought in for 70 BB. If I did that at say 2-5, I would buyin say for 350; see if there are any fish; I can always add on to get to their level; and if everyone is tough, I can just play good SPR poker with big hands, punt on the draws, and get myself on the 1-2 list (likewise, I've been buying into 1-2 with 300 but maybe 100-150 is better).
Then again, if I buy in lighter, I can't make as much if I do hit the nuts and get someone to stack off.